Rick Cross
Rick Cross
Deputy Head (Pastoral)

MA Edinburgh
MA London (King's College)
PGCE London
NPQSL Cambridge

What makes a good teacher at Bedales?

A good teacher is passionate and knowledgeable about their subject and brings others with them. It also follows that a good teacher continues to learn.

What are you trying to encourage and instil in the students?

A love of learning and respect for other people. I am also trying to instil a sense of ambition. Bedalians can be incredible and I want them to strive to be the best they can be.

What events and activities do you get involved with in the life of the school?

I oversee the pastoral system at Bedales in the school, so you can imagine there is a great variety to my working life. Common tasks include working with Houseparents to ensure a strong system of care which ensures every member of our community is safe, well and happy so they can access all the wonderful opportunities on offer. I also help run the Student Council which is very rewarding hearing student feedback on a weekly basis.

In your opinion, what makes Bedales special?

I think Bedales values people as individuals. Many institutions will claim that title, but Bedales delivers it because the student voice is respected and it has a progressive culture.

What is your best memory of Bedales?

Working with young people is always a pleasure, but I did especially enjoy the recent staff v 6.2 hockey match, despite losing. There is also a wonderful sense of staff camaraderie, so I have great memories from various staff social events.

Who or what inspires you?

I am inspired by enthusiastic and passionate people. Their positive energy gives you that boost to keep going and find new challenges.

Tell us something not a lot of people know about you.

I spent part of my gap year working on a Kibbutz in the Golan Heights, Israel, just on the border with Syria.